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Move Over, Tupac! Life-Size Holograms Set to Revolutionize Videoconferencing


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The TeleHuman 2 system features a ring of intelligent projectors mounted above and around a retro-reflective, human-size cylindrical pod.

Queen's University researchers have developed what they're labelling the first true holographic videoconferencing system.

Credit: Human Media Lab

Researchers at Queen's University in Canada have developed the first truly holographic videoconferencing system, allowing users in different locations to appear before one another life-size and in three dimensions (3D).

The new TeleHuman 2 system, which relies on a ring of intelligent projectors mounted above and around a retro-reflective, human-size cylindrical pod, can project humans and objects in 3D as if they were inside the pod; users can view them from all sides.

Queen's University professor Roel Vertegaal observes that face-to-face interaction transfers a massive amount of non-verbal information, much of which is lost in online tools, but "TeleHuman 2 injects these missing elements into long-distance conversations with a realism that cannot be achieved with" conventional online communication systems.

The researchers presented TeleHuman 2 this week at the ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2018) in Montreal, Canada.

From Queen's University (Canada)
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